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Our Mission

  • To provide a satisfying film-going experience to the people of Chorley and at the same time provide social cohesion and promote a sense of community
  • To provide a welcoming inclusive atmosphere
  • To screen a range of films that may have been overlooked by local multiplexes or had a limited release
  • To provide matinee presentations featuring fondly remembered classics and forgotten gems
  • To demonstrate our ongoing commitment to show archive films and other films of local interest along with more general film education
  • Wherever possible, to support the British film industry
  • To forge useful links with local organisations
  • To regularly communicate with and update our audience through various media and invite regular feedback


We show films throughout the year at Chorley Little Theatre, where we've installed a 23-foot wide big screen and 8 speaker surround sound. The projection is in digital HD for the very best picture quality.

A Brief History

Chorley Film Society was founded in 1986 when the last cinema in Chorley, The Plaza on Bolton Road, closed down.

The first Chairman was Richard Riley, and initially the society just showed 8mm films at people's houses.

In 1987 the society moved up to the Labour Club where six films were shown per year.  We moved to Chorley Little Theatre in 1991 showing the classic movie Citizen Kane. Tickets were priced at £2.50.

Throughout the 1990s the society got bigger screens and newer films and in 1997 were able to upgrade to all the latest equipment after a successful Lottery bid.

Since then the society has upgraded to bigger, brighter projectors, installed surround sound and now shows films in stunning high definition. We became Chorley Empire Community Cinema in 2010 after restoration work uncovered the original glass "Empire" sign at our regular venue, Chorley Little Theatre.

The Committee

Chairman : Eddie Robinson
Vice Chairman : Nick Ainsworth
Secretary : Nick Baker
Mailing List Secretary : Julia Berry
Treasurer : Janet Woodcock
Box Office/Logistics : Ian Lynch
Publicity : Ian Robinson
Fundraising : Paul Tate
Additional Members : Estelle Bryers, Tegwan Matthews, Nick Baker, Nigel Woodcock
Technical Advisor : Jim Monks
Webmaster : Rob Crossland

Films are chosen by a Committee chaired by Ian Robinson, based on Member's suggestions.


We are a proud member of Cinema For All (formerly British Federation of Film Societies - BFFS) and have won the following awards:

Best Marketing (2008)
Best Community (2008 - Runner Up)
Best Community Society (2010)
The Engholm Prize For Film Society of the Year (2010 - Special Mention)

General Booking Information:

  • Tickets are sold via Malcolm's Musicland, an independent music retailer in Chorley Town Centre. You can call him up or pop in the shop - he's open 9-5, Monday-Saturday. During the run-up to Christmas he is usually open on Sundays too.
    Malcolm charges a 50p booking fee per ticket + £1.50 to cover credit card transaction (if applicable)
  • To buy tickets at face value, come to the Box Office on the night of any show, or look for the Social Nights in our listings and come to the Theatre Bar.
  • You can usually buy tickets for any show listed on the website or in brochures, including future CADOS Shows as well as films
  • We hold Season Ticket seats until 5 minutes before the scheduled start time, however we can't guarantee there will still be seats together at that time.
  • When we're "Sold Out" we usually really are sold out! Might be worth checking the Twitter feed for late returns though, and sometimes we add extra screenings.
  • Concessions are: OAPS, Under-16s, Students, Jobseekers. Please note that an event with Concession prices is not necessarily suitable for kids! Please check BBFC ratings for films.
  • Our regular film screenings do not have Concession prices - we think it's a big enough bargain already!
  • Online bookings for events with allocated seating will be allocated best seats at the time and will be ready for collection on the night of the show. We endeavor to make sure all your seats are together.
  • Pre-booked tickets via Malcolm will be ready for collection on the night of the show, unless specified with Malcolm
  • We have 3 dedicated Wheelchair spaces - please contact us in advance if needed.
  • All our seats have good views, with the rear section a slightly steeper rake than the front
  • Unless specified, doors open 7pm for evening films and 2pm for afternoon films. Event Cinema doors open 6.30pm
  • The start time on a ticket is the actual start time - we don't wait for latecomers and we don't show trailers and adverts.
  • Cinema showings have unallocated seating - make sure you get there in plenty of time to get seats together
  • Filming, photographing or recording any show is strictly forbidden and anyone caught doing so will be asked to leave without refund.

Time Credits

Chorley Empire Community Cinema is proud to be part of the Spice Time Credits initiative, run in association with Chorley Council. For more details on the scheme, click here.

Time Credits can be spent on the following:

Thursday 12th March - Behind The Beautiful Forevers

Sunday 3rd May - The Hard Problem

Sunday 17th May - Man And Superman

Wednesday 22nd July - The Merchant of Venice


Each show costs 3 Time Credits and there are only a limited number of allocations per show - when they're gone they're gone. Numbers vary on an event-by-event basis.

Time Credits can be spent in advance for Event Cinema screenings, which can be purchased from the theatre box office or Malcolm's Musicland.

Time Credits can not be used for Sunday evening season films.

The offers can be withdrawn at any time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but nearly all of our income is from ticket sales and we aim to make as much money from each show as we possibly can. We're all volunteers so any profits go back into the upkeep of the building.